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All types of floor substrates, whether wood, PVC, or luxury vinyl tile, must withstand abrasion, scratches, and stains.  So a protective top coat is required. This top protective coating also plays an aesthetic role in terms of gloss and texture.

Orgasol® powders provides long-term scratch and abrasion resistance which improves durability, and enhances the appearance of a wood floor.

Orgasol® powders provides long-term scratch and abrasion resistance which improves durability, and enhances the appearance of a wood floor.

From natural hardwood to engineered wood, the wood flooring market is growing. Consumers are mainly drawn to the warm and inviting look of wood floorings, as well as to its sustainability.

Nevertheless, the wood flooring market has to deal with competitors like laminate flooring that have grown increasingly aggressive in terms of price and product offering.

To remain competitive on global flooring market, wood flooring manufacturers consider two main areas of product development:


  • capitalizing on the warm and inviting finish of wood flooring

  • improving the durability of wood flooring, to achieve performance equal to laminate flooring

Improving wood flooring durability is a main concern, especially among contractors, who require durable flooring in high traffic areas (schools, public buildings, etc.).

Orgasol® powder is the best additive available on the market to improve multiple coating performance parameters for wood flooring.

This unique polyamide powder offers high levels of abrasion and scratch resistance, properties essential to floor coating durability. Orgasol® powder is also used for its gloss control and texturing properties that provide long lasting results.

In wood flooring, Orgasol® powder achieves smooth to rough textures as well as matte to satin finishes. Orgasol® powder also improves mar resistance, a critical property in the wood flooring market.

Orgasol® powder is easily dispersed in every kind of wood flooring formulations, including polyurethane, epoxy and acrylic. Orgasol® powder can be used in solvent based, water based, and 100% solid UV/EB curable formulations.

Although PVC flooring has good abrasion and scratch resistance properties, adding a protective polyurethane layer can increase these strengths and improve cleanability and durability.

Manufacturers of PVC floorings are mainly interested in anti-slip properties and easy-to-clean surfaces that meet strict safety rules (R9 to R12). Orgasol® powder is often incorporated in the polyurethane top coating to enhance these properties in PVC flooring.

Orgasol® additives make cleaning easier. Specific Orgasol® powder grades, with an average particle size from 5 to 60 microns, enable manufacturers to customize the ratio of particle size to dry film thickness of polyurethane layer to create an easy-to-clean, non-slip texture.

Orgasol® powder can also be a solution to create matte finishes, with very low gloss. This gloss control property is of particular interest because, unlike silica, Orgasol® powder has no impact on the viscosity level of UV curable 100% solid formulations, while improving abrasion, scratch, and stain resistance.

Even in PVC flooring with a good initial resistance to abrasion and scratches, the use of Orgasol® powder will improve performance, especially in high traffic areas, or when low gloss finishes are required.

Orgasol® powder also improves stain and scuff resistance, especially when the average particle size of the polyamide powder is greater than the thickness of the polyurethane layer.

Orgasol® powder is easily dispersed in polyurethane formulations, whether solvent based, water based or 100% solid UV/EB curable formulations.

Resin flooring is a highly durable material and is used mainly in industrial applications, such as warehouses, production sites, and sports venues.  Formulating with Orgasol® additives will enhance the durability and anti-slip properites of the resin floor coating.

Orgasol® powder is especially good in sport flooring since its spherical particle shape produces anti-slip and easy-to-clean properties.

Orgasol® powder is an additive also useful in industrial applications due to its easy-to-clean properties. Orgasol® powder acts as a toughening agent by improving resistance to crack propagation and increasing flexibility of resin layers.
 
Used in high traffic areas (warehouses, production sites, sport venues), resin flooring requires high abrasion resistance. Orgasol® powder combined with polyurethane or epoxy resins increase the abrasion resistance of the resin floor coating.

Orgasol® powder is easily dispersed in solvent-based polyurethane and epoxy formulations.

All sports flooring (wood, PVC, polyuerethane resins, etc.) must withstand abrasions and scratches while maintaining cleanability and anti-slip properties.  Formulating sports floor coatings with Orgasol® additives will enhance the abrasion and scratch resisitance and improve the cleanability and anti-slip properties.

Due to the high traffic to which sports flooring is exposed, there is a need to improve abrasion resistance and cleanability while maintaining an anti-slip surface.

Orgasol® additive can achieve these three property requirements. Orgasol® powder is often used to reach a combination of abrasion and scratch resistance with anti-slip properties in matte formulations. Orgasol® powder also improves anti-slip properties of wet flooring and improves cleanablility due to it spherical particle shape.

Orgasol® powder is also used as a matting agent. Unlike silica, the gloss control property of Orgasol® powder has negligible impact on the viscosity level of 100% solid UV curable formulations.

Orgasol® powder is easily dispersed, especially in polyurethane and epoxy systems which are the formulations most widely used in the sports flooring market. Orgasol® powder can be used in solvent based, water based, and 100% solid UV/EB curable formulations.